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SUNS # 8544 Tuesday 3 October 2017

Trade : US assault on DSU and DG's "deafening silence"   (D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The United States appears to be mounting a sustained assault on the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of the World Trade Organization, with the objective of eliminating the negative consensus rule, something that the US had principally pushed for in 1993 as a condition for its acceptance of the DSU.

Yemen : Independent eminent expert group to examine Rights abuses   (Kanaga Raja, Geneva) (PRIV)
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A Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts is being mandated to carry out a "comprehensive examination" of all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights and other fields of international law committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen since September 2014.

WIPO : General Assembly to decide on the mandate of IGC   (K. M. Gopakumar, Geneva) (PRIV)
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Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will decide on the mandate and work program of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

Brazil : The Tuxa indigenous paradise, submerged under water   (IPS, Rodelas) (PRIV)
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The Tuxa indigenous people had lived for centuries in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia, on the banks of the Sao Francisco River.

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